Following Mehbooba’s release, Farooq Abdullah calls a meeting of Gupkar signatories on October 15
National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah visited the residence of former Chief Minister and President of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehooba Mufti, who was released Tuesday overnight after 14 months in detention.
“It was a bit like Farooq Sahib and Omar Sahib to go home. It gave me the courage to hear it. I am sure that together we can make things better, ”Mufti said after the meeting.
- The Abdullahs visited Mufti at his official residence at Gupkar in Srinagar.
- All signatories to the declaration are due to meet Thursday afternoon at Dr Abdullah’s residence. They are expected to discuss the future course of action regarding the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, which was revoked by the Center last year.
- Gupkar’s statement, released on August 4, 2019 following a meeting of regional parties at Farooq Abdullah’s Gupkar residence, resolved that they would be united in their efforts to protect identity, autonomy and status. special from Jammu and Kashmir.
- Mehbooba vows to fight for “Delhi Durbar seized by unconstitutional means”
- Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti in an audio message after his release on Tuesday evening said he would continue the fight to reclaim what “Darbar” of Delhi seized by unconstitutional and undemocratic means “.
- Describing August 5, 2019 as a “dark day,” Mufti said, “None of us will forget the humiliation of the day Section 370 was repealed. None of us can ever forget the theft and insult.”
Upset over absence of Minister, peasant leaders leave meeting in Krishi Bhavan
- A delegation of Punjabi farmer leaders left a meeting with Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal in Krishi Bhavan on Wednesday. The meeting was held to discuss widespread protests in Punjab over controversial agricultural marketing laws passed last month.
- “Then they left the meeting. On the one hand, they want to explain the benefits, but on the other hand, they are not really interested in solving the problem, ”he added, noting that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was not not available to meet with farmer leaders.
- The dialogue failed because the central government does not take the issue of farmers seriously, said Jagjit Singh Dallewal, president of Bharatiya Kisan Union-Ekta state, who was part of the delegation. Dallewal said the Union Agriculture Minister should have spoken with the farmers instead of the Secretary, adding that if Union ministers were serious about the talks, they should have spoken with representatives of all groups of farmers present. in Chandigarh. Instead, a delegation of Union ministers engaged in efforts to deceive the farmers of the Punjab, he said.
Tanishq store in Gujarat puts note of apology for retirement announcement
A Tanishq jewelry store in Gandhidham, Gujarat, in the Kutch district, put a note on the door to apologize to the Hindu community of the neighborhood for the brand’s controversial television ad that has since been withdrawn.
- The Gujarati handwritten note also condemns the television ad, which aims to promote the brand’s new jewelry line, Ekatvam.
- “We apologize to the Hindu community in Kutch for the embarrassing publicity of Tanishq in the media,” the handwritten note read.
- It was glued to the inlet of the plug on October 12 and has since been removed. The photos of the apology note have gone viral on social media.
- The showroom manager and local police denied media reports that the showroom had been attacked by people angry at Tanishq’s announcement.
- The TV ad removed by Tanishq, a Tata Group company, showed a Muslim family preparing for their Hindu stepdaughter’s upcoming baby shower.
The Diwali of loan borrowers is in their hands, the Supreme Court told the Center
- The Supreme Court today questioned the need for the government to wait a full month, until November 15, to notify the implementation of a system of exemption from compound interest (interest on interest) accrued during the moratorium on loans up to ₹ 2 crore .
- The exemption system aims to “control the small and vulnerable borrowers” whose fortunes fell during foreclosure. “Your Diwali is in your hands,” the court told the government.
- The exemption system has been proposed for eight different categories, including MSMEs, education, housing, consumer durables, credit cards, auto, personal and consumer loans.
- Having made the decision to waive your compound interest during the moratorium period, our only question is why do you need a month [until November 15] for this regime to go into effect? Why are you delaying the publication of the circular? Judge Ashok Bhushan asked Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appears for the Center and the RBI.
- Judge M.R. Shah, on the bench, asked Mehta to investigate the plight of the common man. “In his opinion, the government has already helped him [with the compound interest exemption] … Now he wants real results. When you’ve made up your mind, why do you need a month to issue a flyer? Judge Shah asked.
South African cricket in danger of being banned by government intervention
- South Africa faces an international cricket ban after its government said on Wednesday it intended to intervene in the affairs of the national sports body following revelations of serious misconduct by conduct by senior officials.
- The statement, from Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa, said he had informed the International Cricket Council of the planned action.
- The ICC constitution prohibits government interference, and the sanction is normally a ban on international matches for the country’s teams until the national cricket body becomes independent again.
- The tension between the South African government and Cricket South Africa (CSA) is related to a long-standing investigation into the affairs of the cricket corps, which resulted in the firing of CEO Thabang Moroe for serious misconduct in August.
The Union Cabinet approved today the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for the States (STARS) project as part of the new educational policy to help the states strengthen the school education system, said the Union Minister, Prakash Javadekar.
- The centrally sponsored project will be executed by the Department of Literacy and School Education of the Ministry of Education. It will cover Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha, he said.
- The World Bank-backed project is worth Rs 5,718 million and aims to help states develop and improve school education outcomes, Javadekar said.